Giv­ing older peo­ple a say

Herald Express - - Down Your Way -

AGE­ING Well con­tin­ues to help change at­ti­tudes to older peo­ple across the bay – but there is a way to go yet.

Tor­bay al­ready has a higher than av­er­age num­ber of over 50s and that num­ber is set to rise top­ping 50% of the pop­u­la­tion in the not too dis­tant fu­ture. Pub­lic ser­vice providers need to adapt to the needs of the over 50s and it will mean a change in think­ing for some as the views of older peo­ple are taken into ac­count.

Early in the New Year Tor­bay will be­gin the jour­ney to­wards age friendly sta­tus. That means fos­ter­ing healthy and ac­tive age­ing, mak­ing it pos­si­ble for peo­ple to con­tinue to stay in their homes, par­tic­i­pate in the ac­tiv­i­ties they value and con­trib­ute to their com­mu­ni­ties for as long as pos­si­ble. It will mean the in­volve­ment of older peo­ple in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing of all statu­tory bod­ies in­clud­ing lo­cal govern­ment, trans­port and health. You can’t have more than half the pop­u­la­tion left out of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process and that is why Age­ing Well is also help­ing set up the Tor­bay Over 50s as­sem­bly which is due to launch next March. It is through the as­sem­bly the views of the over 50s will help shape key de­ci­sion-mak­ing across the bay, some­thing that is al­ready be­ing done in towns and cities across the world.

Age-friendly cities and com­mu­ni­ties num­ber 705 cities and com­mu­ni­ties in 39 coun­tries, some 210 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide.

There are eight key fea­tures of age friendly cities, all of them viewed from an older per­son’s per­spec­tive and with older peo­ple con­sulted about them wher­ever pos­si­ble.

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